|Tags:||jazz drums blue note snazzery under 2000 listeners passionate brushes|
|Decades:||1950s 1990s 2000s|
Warren Dodds, 24 December 1898, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, d. 14 February 1959, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Dodds began taking drum lessons in his early teens and made appearances in street parades. Among his first professional engagements were stints in the bands of Bunk Johnson, Willie Hightower, Oscar Papa Celestin and Fate Marable, with whom he stayed for three years until 1921. He then joined King Oliver, who was working in San Francisco, and travelled with the band to Chicago the following year. From 1924 he played in a succession of leading bands, mostly in Chicago, among them those of Honore Dutrey, Freddie Keppard and his older brother, Johnny Dodds. Throughout the 30s Dodds was still based in Chicago, playing with his brother, and recorded with many leading traditionalists. In the early 40s Dodds again worked with Bunk Johnson, now a rediscovered trumpet legend. He also played with Mezz Mezzrow, Art Hodes and Miff Mole. In 1950 he suffered a...